Friday, September 11, 2015

Better Than Chocolate Book Review

I read Better Than Chocolate (Life in Icicle Falls) by Sheila Roberts because I got a book through the summer reading program that sounded interesting.  I decided to go back to the beginning of the series and check it out.  I pulled up some books at the library and grabbed them off the shelf to read.  My biggest problem is that I decide that I like a new author and I don't pick up anything by them for so long that I forget that I wanted to read them.  Then, I get something else from them and wonder again which doesn't actually lead to anything until I get the books right away before my limited mommy brain lets the idea fall away again.  Luckily my pile was very small.

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?  After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly...or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.

Super glad that I picked up this series.  It took a little bit for me to get into the beginning of the book but once I was in, I was hooked.  I was ready to find out everything about this small town and this wonderful family who was trying to keep their chocolate business afloat when everything was going badly.  It was fun to read how the small town pulled together to help everyone by putting on a chocolate festival so that the businesses could make some money over what had been a tough winter season.  I hope that you check out this book the next time you are at you local library or bookstore and see if you might enjoy starting this new series. I have already started in the next book in the series so I am excited to see what else this small town has in store.  Check them out for yourself and let me know what you think!

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